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PYRAMIDAL

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Spain


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Founded in Alicante, Spain in 2009

PYRAMIDAL are a new outfit from Alicante, Spain. The four musicians are offering stoner inspired heavy space rock. Their debut album 'Dawn In Space' was released at the end of 2011, comprises seven interesting elaborations which are drawing on influences from Hawkwind, Black Sabbath and diverse krautrock bands.

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3.57 | 15 ratings
Dawn In Space
2012
3.67 | 12 ratings
Frozen Galaxies
2013
3.78 | 46 ratings
Pyramidal
2019

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3.00 | 2 ratings
From Other Spheres
2016
3.00 | 2 ratings
Sabbra Arabia
2016

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 Pyramidal by PYRAMIDAL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.78 | 46 ratings

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Pyramidal
Pyramidal Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Peter Angus

2 stars Pyramidal is a Spanish band that practices a certain psychedelia and minimalism not in the sense of Glass or Nyman, of course. His last work, with homonymous title, consists of six tracks of extensive duration, especially the last one that almost doubles any of the others. The production is not amater, but neither is it professional. This detail makes the sound in general uniform, with few incursions into more daring and creative mixes. This has a very monotonous sound throughout the album. As for the songs, they are practically instrumental, since the scarce presence of voices invites us to think that they are treated as one more color. The compositions, in their musical structure, are usually based on short harmonic loops that are repeated over and over again. Along every track, there are interventions without a clear relationship between them; they generate environments or fragments in an expressionist style. Perhaps what I like the least about this album, and its particular style, is the trip to nowhere. The tonal keys are only a few within a composition and the whole work, which makes you want to skip the tracks quickly from one to another to try to discover something new. As much as they insist, the longest composition features the same deficiencies. Anyway, I think this album can work better as environmental music to create a hypnotic sensation than in an active listening. On this album, all of this may be understandable, but on a future work the band will have to propose something else.
 Pyramidal by PYRAMIDAL album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.78 | 46 ratings

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Pyramidal
Pyramidal Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Stefan Lukas

2 stars I like to access progarchives to know what new values ​​are in the market in order to get new discs for my collection. When I read the list of tops of 2019, I found this Psychedelic and Space Rock band. In the very beginning, it seems promising. Also the reviews are good. However, as I listen to this album, my expectations are changing step by step. Pyramidal is a work made of 6 tracks. At first I like the proposal. His first song seems attractive, but over the time it is only a proposal with a King Crimson sound, but of a lower level. The saxophone has a classic sound (quite academic) away from the jazzy or rocky sound we are used to. In other words, 9 minutes of good intentions, but anchored in a harmonic structure that does not go anywhere. His second track begins in the same way as the previous one, that is, with a hypnotic use of musical elements, revolving around them on and on. "Unconscious Oscillations", the third title, features the same fault as the previous tracks. The last two songs delve into the same techniques, harmonies and timbre. All in all, the compositional formula is repeated again and again without offering anything new, which causes boredom and a deep exhaustion. On the other hand, production, even though it is self-produced, lacks very basic aspects such as the clarity of the planes, the clip of certain frequencies that produces quite a dark sound, and drums that sometimes remains of a rehearsal environment. If this band want to evolve, they must improve all these aspects.
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3.78 | 46 ratings

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Pyramidal
Pyramidal Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

5 stars Pyramidal has made their most progressive album here with this new one. Their first recordings were extended jams with improvisations, this one is more structured while the band still stretch their song for a long time. It could be heavy, raw and also light in some place with some sax, violin, and almost no vocals. The guitar work will get you hooked with some hypnotic riffs. The overall atmosphere is intense, the rhythm section solid. Their influences are from the '60s, 70's psychedelic space rock with some stoner rock and on the last track a clear reference to Black Sabbath. They simply don't need too many notes to grab the listener, just the right one repeated to make sure you are getting on a long trip and take the time to enjoy the ride. The songs have some mood changes that take your breath away and transport you to another part of the world, see "Creatures of the Ancient World". The album ends with an intense 14 minutes epic where you can only want to push the repeat button. I don't listen to a lot of psychedelic prog rock albums, but this one is special, I have never listened to anything of that quality.
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3.78 | 46 ratings

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Pyramidal
Pyramidal Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

5 stars "Pyramidal" is a Psychedelic/Space Rock band from Spain which was formed in 2010, and has since released 2 EPs and 3 full albums. Their 3rd album is their self titled album. Their core line up has remained the same through the years, namely Miguel Rodes on bass; Miguel Angel Sanz on electric guitar and synthesizer; Oscar Soler on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals; and Lluis Mas on drums and percussion. On the Pyramidal album, there are also some guest musicians which includes Cesar Tenorio on synths and effects throughout the album. There are 5 tracks that span a total runtime of almost 45 minutes, all of the tracks, except one, exceed the 9 minute mark.

Shimmering and scratching guitars set the mood for the first track called "Visions of An Astral Journey" and soon these are joined by the sax played by guest Arantxa Marin. The sax stops long enough for the guitar to lead some progressive riffs. Intensity grows and a short chaotic section leads into a heavy section led by guitars and a strong progressive section before things calm a bit and a slow, heavy guitar solo begins. The tempo and themes change around quite a bit but return later making this feel more structured than free form, but after a while of this, the track slips into a more stoner vibe and becomes more improvisational. The sax puffs and squeals along while the heavy guitar support push it along. While the track has a heavy stoner vibe, it uses highly progressive riffs and flows seamlessly from structured to free form several times.

"Creatures of the Ancient World" continues with the progressiveness of the previous track with complex riffs and a guitar line that builds intensity. It all breaks down soon with a more pensive section that includes a fluttering sax again from Marin. Layered wordless vocal effects give some texture to the mid-Eastern influenced theme. Soon, subdued vocals are added to the mix. A violin comes into play from another guest Judti Aliaga. The space rock vibe is clearly in play here as it floats along for a while. Suddenly before the 5 minute mark, things suddenly take off as the rhythm section kicks into full gear. More heavy riffing continues from the guitar which supplies the tricky progressive sound. A minute later, the bass ushers in an even more intense and upbeat section full of guitar and the previous theme comes back in an improvised and uptempo manner. Before 8 minutes, we enter a floating, psychedelic stage and shimmering guitars and a heavy, grooving bass line keep it moving forward to a heavy climax.

"Unconscious Oscillations" is the short track on the album at just over 3 minutes. This is a spacey track with an ascending and descending guitar line and bits of sax added in to the swirling background. Strange vocal sounds are deep in the mix.

"Digital Madness" has a more laid-back feel in the beginning, but soon the drums kick in and it grows a bit heavier. Vocals follow the descending guitar riff note for note. This repeats a few times before the tempo levels to a fast flowing sound and a soaring guitar solo begins. Guitars continue to lead this track from structured sections to improvised sections, and undecipherable vocals both sung and spoken appear at different sections. Things calm down a bit at the 7 minute mark and then intensify a bit before the track ends.

The longest track at over 14 minutes, "Alussa Infinity", starts with a fast, almost James Bond-style riff and plays off of that in the beginning. After some stop/start style riffing, the mood shifts as guitars play broken minor chords and bring the track to a slower and darker pace and an evil sounding vocal whispers in the background. This almost nears a doom metal style during this section, but it is somewhat restrained from going there completely. Suddenly, at 6 minutes, another sudden shift to a faster rhythm starts, things still remaining dark and getting more dangerous sounding. More harsh vocals come out from the background of it all. Then after 7 minutes, things get suddenly calm as a chiming guitar plays alone with a few synth effects. Soon, drums push forward into another section heavy with symphonic style synths and then the violin starts in, and this almost reminds one of GY!BE as intensity builds and the violin and guitars build things to a climax. After 11 minutes, this is reached and everything breaks down to a lone bass playing a repeating note with ominous effects go on around it. When the drums come back in, it all levels out to a free floating mood and guitars improvise to the ending.

This is really an excellent album, definitely using the traits of stoner rock, psychedelic rock and space rock, but incorporating a lot more progressive structure than you would expect all through the album and adding several surprises along the way that borrow from other genres, making music with an enormous amount of depth. Even though this is mostly instrumental with a few vocals added in more for musicality than for lyrical content, and even though the tracks are mostly quite long, this album never seems to stagnate. The music is in flux, yet never afraid to go into an improvisational mode in some place, yet moving away from that before it gets stale. The minutes fly by as you listen, get a little lost and then find yourself transported somewhere else entirely before you know it. The music runs smoothly most of the time, but the progressive elements are definitely abundant in this album, and when I say it runs smoothly, the shifts between sub-sections are handled like everything is running naturally. Anyway, I hope that makes sense. This is one of the best psychedelic/space rock albums I've heard this year, and that is because of the amount of depth and variation that exists in this album. Yep, gotta give it 5 stars. I love it!

 Dawn In Space by PYRAMIDAL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.57 | 15 ratings

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Dawn In Space
Pyramidal Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars Beiruth ... Domo ... Alicante already seemed to be a prime address regarding space rock in Spain And now we also can add four musicians to the bill who formed the band PYRAMIDAL in 2010. 'Dawn In Space' is their debut - album title and cover art immediately make it clear what is going on. They are offering cosmic explorations here, showing a strong liking of stoner and heavy rock influences on this occasion. Nearly as usual it all starts with an ambient/spacey tinged warm-up featuring diverse samples and oriental touch.

While fading into a groovy expedition Black Land gathers speed in best tradition then. Overall the dual guitar management serves for a lush sound furthermore. Although this comes strictly instrumental variety is guaranteed in general - due to several twists and turns this avoids tediousness for sure. The title song is carrying this into effect by all means. Plastikleuten is composed of two parts, the first one points out some German references, besides the title in general the making reminds me of Agitation Free in some way. The second section though is more of a classic space rock outfit showing some relaxed floating ambience too.

Featuring some decent synth contributions the magnificent Mars Lagoon closes the band's first excursion into space. Another groovy thing where they lose control a bit and let it flow with strong jamming appeal. The PYRAMIDAL stand for modern heavy psych/space rock in the fashion of ... for example Samsara Blues Experiment come close occasionally. 'Dawn In Space' is a proper exemplar also featuring Hawkwind and krautrock references, elaborated compositions including improvisational attempt within some extended tracks - 3.5 stars

 Dawn In Space by PYRAMIDAL album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Dawn In Space
Pyramidal Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Great psych/space trip!

They are Pyramidal, a four-member Spanish band that last year (2011) released their debut album entitled "Dawn in Space", in which we will find seven compositions ranging from 6 to 14 minutes (with the exception of the introductory track) that together make a total time of 62 minutes. Here we will listen to a nice combination of psychedelic and space rock, with some heavy prog moments that may remind you of some other contemporary fellow Spanish acts such as Lüger or Albatros, though, of course, Pyramidal possesses their own sound.

"Intronauts" is the only short track of the album, as I mentioned, it is just an introductory piece that let us know their tendency to the space rock. It leads to "Black Land", in which the guitar softly enters playing repetitive notes. A minute later it changes a little bit, a new structure is created, synth background, 4/4 rhythm implemented by drums and bass, and a far voice accompanying. Later the guitar riffs begin and the psychedelic tune is more evident. Here, honestly the name of Hawkwind came to my mind. The song flows, progresses and invites us to their psychedelic and spacey realm.

"Kosmik Blizzard" since the name let us guess that the music will have an inherent krautrock flavor, which at the same time, has an almost mandatory psychedelic sound on it. Here I adore the drums because no matter the repetitive rhythm, they are always implementing new figures and sounds, making the song more dynamic and stronger. At half the song the music turns a bit heavier, exemplifying that combination of heavy rock and psych I told you earlier in this review.

"Dawn in Space" has that spacey/kosmiche/atmospheric sound that characterizes these psychedelic/space bands. First synth as background and later guitars, drums and bass start creating a structure where the repetition of does not mean monotony, it actually means hypnotism. The vertigo continues until 3:30 where it slows down, giving us a relaxing moment where the synthesizer puts different effects and atmospheres. After that short soft passage, the song explodes and creates that faster and yummy heavy psychedelic tune. This is actually an excellent track that I particularly enjoy a lot.

The last three songs are over the ten-minute mark. "Plastikleuten (Parts I & II)" is actually the shortest. It starts with some distorted effects that create a tense atmosphere, then the other instruments join and though they sound far, they can be perceived. The music flows, though I expected it to change earlier, because after three minutes of practically the same, it did not involve me as I though, as the previous tracks did. However, later more sounds are implemented with the pass of the seconds, working as a support of the background and the structure. Before the fifth minute the change comes, guitar riffs, faster sound and heavy psych bliss. I cannot ask for more here. After seven minutes the psych side vanishes and the spacey side begins. You just have to close your eyes and enjoy your trip.

"Tempel Iaru" starts with synthesizer and guitar, both in a soft spacey mood and with some kind of mid-east flavor. A couple of minutes later drums join and create add that necessary element that makes the song not being plain. Just before reaching the fourth minute the vocals enter, once again with a distant sound, and once again, reminding me of Hawkwind. I like how the band manages to intercalate some faster moments with mid-tempo rhythms, and how the psychedelic, space, and heavy rock perfectly complement each other. Here after eight minutes, we can enjoy the skills of drummer Lluís Mas in his solo spot. The last minute is very intense, with a kind of latin sound included, exquisite!

Finally, the last and longest track comes with "Mars Lagoon", a song whose 14 minutes take us to different places in which we can appreciate a salad of sounds, a mixture of nuances and textures, and a diversity of images. The song has a complete body, and all the pieces are necessary for its success, no matter the various inner changes it has, each and every of them are linked to each other, so you just have to let the music flow and I am sure you will be pleased.

What a great debut album from Pyramidal, a very strong release that deserves more attention, so I invite you to listen to them and why not, support them with a review, spreading the word, buying their album, etc. Not what I would call a true masterpiece, but it is not far from it. My final grade, four (4.5) solid stars.

Enjoy it!

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